Thursday, December 26, 2013

Review as Read 09: Thor, God of Thunder: The Godbutcher, Godbomb

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This time I will review the comic graphic novel based on a standalone story of Marvel's Thor and his journey to stop an enemy that is killing Gods.

Hope you enjoy and till next word.

The Simplicity of Logic's Youtube Page: http://youtu.be/ALh6eRKjzEY

The Simplicity of Logic's Blog : http://simplicityoflogic.blogspot.sg/

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Review as Read 08: Magic the Gathering: Invasion (Invasion Cycle. Book 1) by J. Robert King

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In this review, I review a book based on the popular card game, Magic the Gathering. This book is about the weatherlight crew and the phyrexian invasion of Dominaria, whose defense is led by the famous Urza Planeswalker. Do hope you enjoy.

Till next word...

My Rise and Fall in the Magic the Gathering: http://youtu.be/YOCiYtF-oeQ

The Simplicity of Logic's Blog : http://simplicityoflogic.blogspot.sg/

The Simplicity of Logic's Youtube page: http://youtu.be/nPe1OWfj4eI

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Level Up Does 09: My fully painted Castellan boardgame set(Steve Jackson Games),theme/techniques

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Links to Pics on my Flickr Page:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/88553068@N03/sets/72157632955065306/

This time, I will explain the theme and how I painted my fully painted Castellan boardgame set. Reasons for the colour theme and tips for painting this 108 piece set will be touched upon.

Till next word...

Link to The Author's Blog : http://simplicityoflogic.blogspot.sg/

The Simplicity of Logic's Youtube Page: http://youtu.be/rWmeSz8aUTc

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Back in my day 05: My Rise & Fall in Poker

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In this post, I reminisce about how I viewed Poker from a gambling hobby in 2007 to doing it for a living and why I have stopped playing the hobby for so long since 2013. From 10cent/20cents to $5/$5, good and bad stories are abundant in this tale. (Note: There are only 2 curse word in the video, so in case apologies.)

Hope you enjoy and till next word...

('Life' Vs Happiness/Poker : A choice?): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUqu8c6vCx0

The Simplicity of Logic's Youtube Page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWvnbH1yyBw&feature=c4-overview&list=UUTHrJRqvu9eOByHOsCrgUaQ

The Simplicity of Logic's Blog Page: http://simplicityoflogic.blogspot.sg/

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Level Up Does 08: Malifaux Evil Teddy & Zombie Chihuahua miniature story/paint tip/techniques

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Links to Pics of my Flickr Page: 

This time I in Singapore explain the theme to my painted piece which is a gift for my my friend for being the best friend of 30 years. Basically, an appreciation piece and in 2013, I am 31. It will have some back story at the start and near the end of the video and then explanations of how I painted the models and the theme of their paint jobs. There is also a jingle at the end I made up for the miniature.  

Till next word...


Link to The Simplicity of Logic's Youtube page : http://youtu.be/nMju3oDb4BY

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Review as Read 07: Kill Team, A Last Chancers Novel (Warhammer 40,000)

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In this review, I give my views on Kill Team, A Last Chancers Novel, a book by Gav Thorpe. The story involves a hand picked team of convicts to do the extremely difficult task of assassinating a Tau Commander and escape, if possible. 

Till next word...

The Simplicity of Logic's Youtube Page: http://youtu.be/4gO83DOnBik

The Simplicity of Logic's Blog : http://simplicityoflogic.blogspot.sg/

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Level Up 15: Castellan Boardgame's many uses (Warhammer/Command & Colors/40K/15mm)

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In this episode of Level Up, I give my opinions on the many uses of Castellan (Boardgame from Steve Jackson Games). The base game is not only good as a game in itself but the pieces of the game can be used in so many other ways. 

Hope you enjoy and  try it too. Till next word...

The Simplicity of Logic Youtube page : http://youtu.be/uWADGnjcy8w

The Simplicity of Logic Blog page : http://simplicityoflogic.blogspot.sg/

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Simplicity of Logic 11: Using Probability in Everyday life (A tip for avoiding procrastination)

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Today's topic is on the idea of using probability in everyday decisions so as to make the best decision for oneself with as little procrastination as possible.

Till next word...

Game Theory Lectures from Yale University: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6EF60E1027E1A10B

The Simplicity of Logic's Youtube page: http://youtu.be/xaqVc8E1wC4

The Simplicity of Logic Blog : http://simplicityoflogic.blogspot.sg/

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Review as Read 06: Colder than Hell (A Marine Rifle Company at Chosin Reservoir)

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In this review, I give my views on Colder than Hell, a book by 2nd Lt. Joesph R. Owen. A first hand account of his time in the less well published Korean War.

Till next word...

The Simplicity of Logic's Youtube Page: http://youtu.be/eAOQwy7toXA

The Simplicity of Logic's Blog : http://simplicityoflogic.blogspot.sg/


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Back in my day 04: My Rise & Fall in Warhammer/40K and Non-Friendly Gaming stores Rant


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In this post, I reminisce about how I started the miniature hobby in 1995 briefly (As I have done a full video about that linked below) and how the main reasons why I fell out of the hobby fully in 2013 after about 17 years. Of which I explain my reasons why a particular store in Singapore called Leisure Craft, now called Paradigm Infinitum are the kind of local gaming stores that are not only not friendly but chases people (beginner or otherwise) out of the hobby. 

Hope you enjoy and till next word...

How I started the miniature hobby: http://youtu.be/N3Npi0M0vKQ

Pictures of all my painted miniatures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/88553068@N03/

Gamersaurus Rex Gaming store Singapore Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/GamersaurusRex

The Simplicity of Logic's Youtube Page: http://youtu.be/3OZzk5x_Jds

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Level Up Does 07: Ragnar Blackmane, Urik the Slayer, Njal Stormcaller, Gilgamesh Paint tip/techniques

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Links to Pics of my Flickr Page:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/88553068@N03/

This time I in Singapore explain the theme to my 3 most Important miniatures I own and one miniature I painted for my brother's Space Marine chapter. It will have some back story and then explanations of how I painted the models and the theme of their paint jobs. 

Till next word...

Link to the Back in my Day Video: http://youtu.be/N3Npi0M0vKQ

Link to Gems Paint guide: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=373654422754443&set=a.234081106711776.50952.225231404263413&type=1&relevant_count=1&ref=nf

Link to The Author's Blog : http://simplicityoflogic.blogspot.sg/

The Simplicity of Logic's Youtube Page : http://youtu.be/GABWUwmrEbg

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Level Up 14: Castellan Surround rule (Boardgame by Steve Jackson Games)

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In this episode of Level Up, I explain the extra rule I use when I play Castellan. This rule I feel adds more to the long term strategic planning of the game of top of which is already there. 

Hope you enjoy and  try it too. Till next word...

The Simplicity of Logic Youtube page : http://www.youtube.com/user/akaisamurai/videos

The Simplicity of Logic Blog page : http://simplicityoflogic.blogspot.sg/

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Back in my day 03: My Boardgame Renaissance (A Story & Thank You for Boardgaming)

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In this post, I reminisce about my start in Boardgaming and my thanks to companies like Fantasy Flight for 'Elder Sign' (My first game) to the many Youtube channels for their great reviews & playthroughs that helped me to make informed purchases. This came from the fall of previous hobbies mentioned in the video but I do not regret it in turn for all the smiles I got from Boardgames. 

Hope you enjoy and till next word...

The Simplicity of Logic's Youtube page : http://www.youtube.com/user/akaisamurai



Fantasy Flight Games: http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/

Friday, September 27, 2013

Review as Read 05: Warrior king (Seer King Trilogy)

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In this review, I give my views on the Warrior King by Chris Bunch that accounts the war between two past allies now battling for control of their war torn country with magic, arms and over a million soldiers. 

Till next word...

The Simplicity of Logic's Youtube Page : http://youtu.be/GABWUwmrEbg

Thursday, September 26, 2013

I Wander (A short story by Zhou Huibin)

I Wander

(1)  Good and bad, comes and goes

Once upon a time, there were villages and huts, now there were cities and palaces. What mankind can achieve never fails to amaze me as I sat under the high palace walls for shade, waiting for the proper timing to meet the Emperor. Observing the city flow by, I was then also reminded of the behaviour of some in mankind that never fails to amaze with their hypocrisy and anti-social behaviour. The person of said amazement was Sir Aabron, a merchant of moderate wealth who backed the Emperor early in his Unification Wars. He was being carried on a palanquin moving along the main street and speaking loudly to the palanquin carriers or seemingly anyone who would listen about how they were not as successful as him and how if they did what he advised, they would be all the better for it. I had joined since the beginning of the Unification wars and had interacted with Sir Aabron on more than one occasion but chose not to go over and make a greeting. For I learnt conversing with Aabron was more of an exercise in listening than a conversation per se. That being said, I did feel bad for him as the past interactions with him was not all bad and his heart (most of the time) was in the right place even if it had little logic or positive nature to carry it further into physical actions. It was then that my inner monologue was interrupted and I heard the loud chime from the massive bell on the top of the gatehouse that reminded me it was now the proper hour for my meeting with the Emperor.

As always, I was stopped by the guard even though I had the jade amulet around my neck that allowed me straight passage into the Emperor’s inner palace. I was not angry though, they were just doing their jobs and in fact, I would be worried for the Emperor’s safety if the guards had allowed me through without stopping me. This was because although I had been in the Unification wars since the beginning, I was hardly one of its key players. Just a grunt soldier who stayed true to the cause and contented left for home after the war was done with my pay in tow. Not a fortune but enough for me to live on barring too much excess. In fact, I was still dressed in my lowly infantry garb with the wide brimmed, low coned lacquer hat, a comfortable white undershirt, a one piece lacquer armour breastplate and shin guards with my katana wrapped in cloth by my side held by thick cords to my waist. Totally out of place was the fist sized jade amulet hanging by my neck, which probably cost more than all I had on me ten times over.   

(2)  Show and no tell

I thus produced the letter with the Emperor’s personal print on it and the soldier’s snapped a quick bow of apology and wished me a good day. Eyes wide I would have a personal audience or even dare to turn up so poorly dressed to speak to the Emperor himself. Proceeding on, it was a beautiful walk, shade from the low hanging trees keeping me cooled and the pathway wide enough so the traffic flowed just as easily as the breeze. After going through the same process with another set of guards as before, I entered the second gate. This led into the Administration District, the wash of activity totally catching me off guard after the long walk through the peaceful courtyard which contained more plants than people. It was not a noisy scene though but the people here walked quicker and tended to look straight ahead as they moved from building to building, carrying bundles of scrolls giving the place a general aura which one can only described as hectic. Gathering myself, I moved along what was called Petition’s Road, so called because all letters or requests for the Emperor were brought here to be sorted and most dealt with by someone along this pathway. This thought gave me a smile as I recalled the whispers of many in the capital that the lowly clerks here held more power than the warlords staggered among the Empire, who were so preoccupied with their own ‘legend’ that they could never admit it to themselves to do anything about it.

It was then I saw the last building before the next gatehouse, a large stone building, imposing in its stature, spartan in its decoration but one could not miss its importance to the District, when on a large sign before its double doors in bold letters stated ‘EYES OF HEAVEN’. It was the last place a letter or request to the Emperor would have to pass to garner the honour of his personal attention. Here too was where another of his Majesty’s early supporters from the small town of Sead worked. His name was Seabn, who I have not met in many years since the Unification Wars and I heard might have some noted changes in his person but still my impression of the man was less than stellar from past experiences. This was because of his utter procrastination in all things when I had the pleasure of his company. Especially the hard questions in life, be it to save for a rainy day or to exercise, there was always another day to start. This became confounding when during the war instead of spurring the Emperor to action on hard decisions, he seemed more concerned with the company of the local maidens he would befriend and spend his wages on. This being his own hobby that would be fine, were it not that he would then bring them to our gatherings and spilt the cost ‘equally’ to wine and dine them. Usually getting another two, Aabron or Jibmy to pay as the rest of us were hardly as willing to indulge his pretence of wealth, of which I still hear he has yet to fully pay back. The mood of these gatherings too would border on tiresome when he would get jealous at any attention these fair maidens would pay on anybody else but him. I started to growl at the swarm of negative thoughts but then tempered it with the good judgement that the Emperor had taught me that there was good in the man too. He was great at keeping acquaintances entertained and was actually quite a talent at small talk and one could say his company was enjoyable if one did not want to have too much to think about on a given day. That being said, I again decided to move on so as to not disturb Senior Administrator Seabn or so I told myself and proceeded to the next gatehouse.

(3)  No rush

After moving past the first pair of guards at the gate to the castle courtyard, I was then greeted by another pair of guards. These though were the most well trained and armed of the Imperial Army, the ‘Emperor’s Will’.  There were not many of them but their loyalty and honour was unquestionable. Something I could collaborate from first hand experience, their fighting ability top notch, I had never seen them retreat in a battle other than when ordered and they were unquestioning when given orders by the Emperor. The armour I was looking at though was far too ornate and trimmed with gold for someone who had to fight at a moment’s notice but I guess they were here equally to impress as much as protect. I was searched and had to give up my katana. I was loathed to do so not for any spiritual reason other than I hate being apart from something that I use to remind myself to be a better person. All men waive in circumstance and in those times, looking or holding that blade had prevented me from doing more than one thing I would have later regretted. Still, I gave my blade freely to the guard for safekeeping and was allowed into the castle keep. Here a friendly face greeted me and along with said smile was the flamboyant voice of one who spent many a year trained in the arts of entertainment. I greeted back with a slight bow but my movements hardly as graceful as his and went over to shake the hand of another of the group who set off from Sead with the Emperor before he was crowned such. The whole loud exchange attracting more than a few stares of curiosity and disgust from the courtiers who found the two of us wholly underdressed in such a respected venue.

His name was Jibmy or ‘Jib Ji’ if you go by his stage name taken from a local dialect of Sead. He was a plump person but his grace and stamina easily my better when it came to physical work, impressing many in his ability to perform such beyond the normal expectations of one of his bodytype. His title was that of ‘Grand Entertainer’ but the title was more an honorary than for work purposes. His prevailing trait was that of a relaxed and happy go lucky individual and one which I truly believed or if it was all an act must have been a most tiring one to keep up, seeing the many years I have known the man. This was the reason for the stares as even though he was known as the Grand Entertainer, other than when he is performing, he was usually dressed in a loose fitting straw coloured monk outfit with a plain satchel sling bag to carry his belongings. One could say he looked poorer than me in simple infantry armour but in fact he was actually very well known at his job for manipulating a crowd and was paid well for his abilities. His title being honorary I could only guess due to his many commitments to outside businesses thus making it hard for him to get any official position that would need him to remain in the Capital for long periods of time.

After the pleasantries were exchanged, we proceeded towards the upper private chambers, Jib leading the way as I had a horrid sense of direction especially in such a big place. As we walked and I was updated on the gossip of the capital among other things, I was also reminded in conversation of the reason for Jib’s relaxed demeanour. His family owned land in Sead and his father had recently gained title to it, thus in time to come the land would be worth more than sin in the now popularised city that birthed the Emperor. Money and a living was thus not a thing he had to worry about anymore. I had my reservations that nothing was confirmed till the deed is done as the matron of the household still had sway in the deed before her passing. On top of that, I would argue Jib’s extended family was less than likely to give up without a fight to such a fortune but I could not disagree totally as the rationale is logical if somewhat without insurance.

On a selfish note too, the relaxed demeanour is also what makes it enjoyable to spend time with the man. Although as always after the gossip ran dry, the conversation can become pretty sparse. This was not because Jib was boring, on the other hand unlike Seabn he would take on any topic and have a strong opinion. Issue was the evidence he tended to use to support his arguments tended to be less than concrete. This became evident as we waited for the Emperor to be informed of our presence in the tea room and we debated the hot topic of the capital, foreign labour. I had a firm view that we ‘natives’ could not support the economy of the rising Empire and that foreign labour was needed to augment the needs for an efficient running of the realm. This and the natives saw themselves as superior and would not stoop to doing ‘lower’ level jobs, which were backbreaking but ones that needed doing nonetheless. The evidence and statistics for such, an easily found thing in the Administration district although like any such survey, they could be contested for accuracy. Jib’s counter argument though was a common method called the strawman fallacy, to attack another point and make that the focus over the main issue at hand. He argued that the foreign workers were degrading the lifestyle of the natives with their rude behaviour and uncouth ways and they were taking away good jobs and opportunities from the natives. The issue suddenly about lifestyle and job opportunities over the needs of the Empire as a whole and his evidence was as follows: “You would see it is true if you just walk around the capital and see how many of them there are and look at how they all behave all so barbarian like.” I would have also informed him that would mean his evidence was based on nothing more than his own opinion but it was then the doors opened, four heavily armed guards entered and his majesty walked into the room.

(4)  A wisdom worth travelling for

Clad in the finest silken wear of yellow and threaded with gold, the first Emperor of the Ia’n Dynasty walked into the room confident as always. Both I and Jib assumed the seizan position, both hands pressed to the ground, palms flat and facing forward connecting at the tips of our index fingers, lowered our heads to the ground voicing the traditional greeting to the Emperor to rule for a thousand, thousand and a thousand more years. As we raised our heads, I noticed that the Emperor had his arms crossed, looked rather unhappy and after a pause said: “You missed a thousand.” I smiled and with a slight tilt of the head replied: “Well I don’t like you that much.” This got one of the guards to step forward and reach for his weapon but the Emperor held out his hand and smiled: “Disrespectful as always.” and stepped forward gesturing for us both to stand and proceed to the table in the middle of the room, the guards then proceeding to step outside and closed the door. Jib proceeded to pour the tea in the cups and commented on how the three of us sitting thus was very much like in Sead where we first met, well minus the massive castle, hundreds of guards and furnishings in this one room that could probably had pay for the army in our early days for years. Jib’s point was still a good observation though, it did start with the three of us in an army camp doing the mandatory years of armed service to the past dynasty. It was a time of relative peace and it was only after we were released from said service that the years turned dark with corruption and the subsequent revolution that changed all our lives.

I was knocked out of my reminiscing state when I heard my name being called. I apologised and said the comment was most fitting and thus my brain went on a tangent. What followed in conversation was on Sir Aabron and how he has tried to start many new businesses, many of which seemed to be going nowhere beyond the initial support of friends to last. This coming to explain the many posters I saw as I walked through the capital advertising his sale of machines that helped to speed up the making of clay cups or those of art design on household products. I kept to myself that he probably blamed the Emperor’s economy over his entrepreneurial skills for said failures. Without revelation, I asked and was informed that Aabron’s view on the world had hardly changed since I last saw him. As Jib put it, he was still a hopelessly negative person and if asked if a cup was half full or empty of water, he probably would complain that it was not wine. Subject then moved onto his wife with as much a negative nature as his but I was surprised to hear of the birth of his second child, who I have not met. I referred that I saw the shining example of the Aabron family to be the son. This is because for the mediocre looks of the parents, he actually looked to have a good facial and body structure, not handsome per say but above average as a child thus far. He was also a quiet child, a quality I much appreciate in children but yet he was not shy or had any fear of strangers. That being said I then admitted to the group that I did try to avoid contact with the child as I did believe in nurture over nature and thus for all his good qualities now, his parent’s influence were a huge hurdle he would have to surpass, of which I did not put much hope in with both their controlling natures.


It was then the Emperor noted who was being negative now and explained my own flaws of judgement with evidential support. The unwillingness to become a more career minded individual to help society as a whole or the trade-off of a stable income for a safer future in old age over the aimless wandering life I led now. And that what I came for and smiled, for throughout our time together, the Emperor had always been the most honest with me, not only that, he would explain said flaw with evidence. In essence, allowing me to truly see my flaw and help me to either solve it or accept it as part of me but not deny or defend it and I hoped I did the same for him. The thing that most from the old circle that came from Sead could have benefitted from most. The ability to see themselves as others see them, the truer self which was uninhibited by their own view of enlarged self worth. 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Simplicity of Logic: Become a better you and me (With personal examples)


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Today's topic is on the idea that one should be able to see one's flaws as true flaws and not like in a interview make it a positive too. Thus seeing the inherent position of the flaw, work on a solution and weighing the pros and cons, rid oneself of it or accept it as part of you.  

This is a old topic that was written in the author's Blog 'The Simplicity of Logic' in 2011 (links provided below). And learn Mencius's philosophy through the linked series given below too. 

Till next word...

The Simplicity of Logic Blog with the article written in 2011 : http://simplicityoflogic.blogspot.sg/2011/10/never-forget-what-you-are-whole-world.html

Mencius speaks series (English Subtitles): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YP6FAQGfDPI

The Simplicity of Logic Youtube Page : http://youtu.be/Vx29DB7AZ18

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Review as Read 04: Lord Toede (Dragonlance: Villains #5)


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In this review, I give my views on a book that describes one of the Villains from the Dragonlance universe, which actually turns out to be somewhat of a philosophical debate on morality. 

Till next word...

The Simplicity of Logic's Youtube page : http://youtu.be/xEZY2qpWNks

Friday, September 13, 2013

Level Up 13: Coin tube dispensers/holders as a Boardgame storage solution

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In this episode of Level Up, I explain my storage solution for storing boardgame pieces in coin tube holders. These not only help to store the pieces in a orderly way but also do not spill if knocked over and keeps hidden information hidden till needed. Example games used is Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead and Robinson Crusoe.

Hope you enjoy and  try it too. Till next word...

The Simplicity of Logic Youtube page: http://www.youtube.com/user/akaisamurai/videos

Video link for the above video: http://youtu.be/pIvGgE0yncw

Friday, September 6, 2013

Back in my day : My personal Rise and Fall in Magic the Gathering (Plus MTG curtains)

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In the second story back in my day, I reminisce about that great card game of Magic the Gathering. From how I started in 1996, to how people reacted to the game as Satanic to its eventual end for me and the reasons why. (Plus some Curtain or Poster arts and crafts for your extra Magic cards.)  

Hope you enjoy and till next word...

The Simplicity of Logic's Youtube Page : http://youtu.be/YOCiYtF-oeQ

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Review as Read 03: The Crane (Legend of the Five Rings) (Clan War Third Scroll)

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In this review, I give my views on a book that describes the Crane Clan during the reign of Doji Hoturi and his fight against both the Lion and Crab Clan. 

Till next word...

The Simplicity of Logic's Youtube Page : http://youtu.be/vxhoa5xn1DQ

Friday, August 23, 2013

Back in my day : One Magazine to rule them all (My Fondest Gamer story)

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In the first of many stories (Good/Bad), this is the story of how I started every Nerd/Geek hobby I had ever done. It all started one afternoon with a magazine at Kinokuniya bookstore in Singapore in the year 1995.

Hope you enjoy and till next word...

The Simplicity of Logic's Youtube page : http://youtu.be/N3Npi0M0vKQ

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Level Up 12 : How to make a Fortified Ruin with multiple uses (Boardgames, RPGs, Miniatures etc.)

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In this video, I explain how I made the Fortified Ruin terrain and it's multiple uses I use it for  by applying little details like the tiles for scoring in boardgames or the minute details of more grass in one area saying something to the Ranger for your RPG's.

Till next word...

The Simplicity of Logic Youtube page : http://youtu.be/GdXdP29OY10

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The wastage of youth for the overcompensation of old age (Work-life Balance)

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Today's topic is on the idea that for the comforts of old age or rather the future, it seems that many are condemned to work their youth away and end up with regrets that their youth was not as exciting or fulfilling as they wished. That being said, one's view is thus not to ignore the future and not to prepare for it but find the balance with as much optimization as possible towards fulfillment. 

Till next word...

The Simplicity of Logic Youtube page : http://youtu.be/-Q4vcC8gkQQ


Friday, August 9, 2013

Review as Read 02: The Gully Dwarves (Dragonlance: Lost Histories #5)

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In this review, I give my views on a book that describes the characteristics of the most unique (in my opinion) race in the Dragonlance Universe of Kyrnn, the Gully Dwarves or Aghar.

Till next word...

The Simplicity of Logic's Youtube page : http://youtu.be/Iy5LpPuR9JY

Monday, August 5, 2013

Choices, a short story by Zhou Huibin

Choices
a short story by Zhou Huibin

(1) A little book

“It was a dark and stormy night…” rolling his eyes and slamming the book shut, Metus looked up at the sky and pondered which author of so little imagination would still use such a cliché opening for his novel. Descending his vision down to level again, the sight that greeted him was that of a park trail, illuminated only by overhanging street lamps. The light from them highlighting the similar looking bushes and benches below them, making the trail seem to go on forever like a never ending mirror image into the darkness. To his right, the reservoir was still and looked as solid as the ground he walked on. Metus was a man of his age, a man prone to seeing individuality as his own virtue but hating his life for the long hours of monotonous work at a bank with little satisfaction, not that he would ever admit it to himself. He loved helping people with their finances or so he told himself behind a veil of denial and never having the courage to take the risk to live a more fulfilling life.

He trudged on through the park, feet dragging behind him. He was so tired, another eleven hour day at the office and he still needed to be back at work in the morning to try to ‘complete’ a never ending pile of paperwork. Which would probably only make a factional few in the company earn enough to make the boring monotonous work worth doing. He lived just across the park, a fifteen minute walk but that fifteen minutes had translated to hours more at work. This happened after Metus had overheard months ago in the stall of a washroom, his manager commenting on how lazy Metus was for leaving early from work, even though he lived so close. That ‘early’ was 6pm, the official time all of them had signed in a contract for their working hours to end. So now, peer pressured into proving himself hardworking, Metus was always one of the last people to leave the office even on half days. He sighed and looked at the book he had picked up at the lobby of the office, like most of his life, this too was a hypocrisy. Metus never liked to read, he merely took the books meant for waiting patrons of the bank at the end of a work day, so he could pretend to read it and would not have to look at others on the way home or waste his time with colleagues he did not care for. It was a small leather bound book just bigger than his hand and had an aged look to it with yellowed pages. The title of the book was embossed onto the front cover in the colour gold. It read ‘Choices’.

(2) Reason for the rain

Choices…, Metus was almost devoid of it. His life’s choices were dictated by everyone other than himself. The time to wake, what time he has to reach work, what is considered a successful life and even the age and time for him to settle down with a girl. He was just twenty five years old but his face already showed the stress features of a man much older. Staring at the book for a short while, his vision roved and saw that he was alone in the park. No sooner had he taken his next step, when the sky thundered loudly, illuminated arcs of lighting flashed in the distance and the rain started to pitter patter onto the ground. He was already running but within seconds, the rain was pounding with such fury that he could hardly keep his head up to see where he was going. Then in a moment of clumsiness, his left foot catching onto the side of his right calf, he tripped and descended onto the concrete of the park trail. He got off the ground cursing, its main focus was his manager for overloading him with work thus the overtime and in essence all to blame for him being caught in the rain. Wet and soaked already, he jogged quickly forwards, hoping to reach home and a warm shower. When suddenly, the road branched off into two paths, with wide eyes he thought to himself that this could not be possible. He had walked this path countless times and not once did he remember seeing or walking into branching paths. He did not seem to spin or lose his facing when he fell and neither did he think he had run far enough of a distance before he fell to run off the park trail he had used so often. What was happening and again, it was entirely his manager’s fault.

(3) Branching paths

The rain started to calm and thus Metus looked up to his left and right, both branches led to a Gazebo, both perfect shelters from the rain. The left Gazebo was well lit, white and looked all so safe but the trail beside it seemed endless. The Right Gazebo on the other hand was white but something must have been wrong with the light as it was dimly lit but he could just make out it’s trail led to the road in the distance with a street sign. It was too far for him to read the sign but he was sure that he could find his way home once he found his bearings. In fact it was one of his skills since he was a boy, although even he was not convincing himself in his current loss of direction. Looking in quick succession at both, he ran towards the left and the safe looking Gazebo, telling himself he could always go back the other trail when the rain was over.

Reaching the well-lit Gazebo, he sighed in relief only to be followed by a shout: “Why me!” waving his hands and stamping his feet in anger. There were so many others more deserving than him to have suffered this predicament and here he was. Then his right hand came into view and he saw that he still was holding onto the book from the office. Having nothing else to do but wait the rain out, he took a seat and opened the book to read. Not more than a paragraph in, he found out that the lead character in ‘Choices’ was also named Metus and he too was in a park. As he continued to read, he felt a sudden chill in his spine and his hair started to stand as if a small charge of a current was passed through him. The book was describing the exact events that had just happened to him in detail and was even describing his inner thoughts. He looked up and felt like a hundred eyes were on him, no longer was the Gazebo safe, every sound and shadow was a phantom and he felt trapped. His mind raced and he thought this must be a trick. Wait he thought, it had to be a trick, his hateful manager and colleagues must have seen the weather report and had purposely put the book there for him to pick up. Metus’s ire filled him and he started to hate again. “That had to be it!” He would show them tomorrow, he was going to kill someone!  “CRACK!” The thunder sounded, it was the loudest one he had heard in his life and he found himself crouching with his hands over his head. When he finally lifted his head, he saw the book was lying in front of him open and on its last page, the only word that he could focus on was ‘Fear’ and as he reached for it, the wind howled and the pages flickered and landed on a page, whose only line again he could focus on was: “Look behind you.” Wide eyed and like an obedient dog, he turned his head.

 (4) Fear

The sight that greeted Metus was a silhouette, its limbs grasping the wooden beam it was squatting on. It leaned on its arms between its legs, leaving claw marks grouched into the wood.  It seemed humanoid in shape, its skin black as sin but before Metus could view the creature in its entirety, it screamed a high pitched shrill aimed at the sky. Before he knew what he was doing, Metus did what he did best, he ran. He ran deeper into the current pathway trying to escape the hellish creature but behind he could hear it hop and jump out of sight of the light between the bushes along the pathway, leaving shadows in the corners of his eye.

The running continued and for how long, he could not tell, only that his all too deskbound body soon gave way even after the adrenaline of fear had given him added physical ability. He stumbled, slumped and soon was on the ground panting and clawing his way forward but the part that affected Metus most was the silence. He wanted to turn around, to assure the theory that the creature was not there but he was too scared to turn around. He thus lifted his head and as he did so, he froze, eyes widen in fear as much as surprise. Again he was greeted by the sight of the creature but this time it was standing in the middle of the entrance of the pathway, metres away. His eyes catching sight that he had somehow run in a circle back to the well-lit Gazebo. The creature’s head was lowered and could not be seen but its arm started to extend towards the other path and pointed with a clawed finger, saying with the same shrill voice: “Freedom.” Where the arm touched the light outside of the current entrance of the pathway, its hand started to sizzle and it winched in pain and quickly withdrew it from the light. So there Metus stood as though in thought but more out of fear than anything else. Then the fear was replaced by the realisation that all he needed to do was get past the creature into the protective light beyond and back down the other path to the road he recognised to…Freedom.

(5) A beginning or an ending

Metus willed himself to run but it felt as if he had no control of his body. He was clearly conscious and able to move his eyes but no matter how much effort he put to get himself to run forward, it would not listen. He tried picturing it in his head in minute details, pushing on the heel, swinging the arms and putting one foot before another but nothing worked. His eyes widened, is this one of the creature’s powers? He was paralysed and would be slowly clawed to death by it. He did not want that to happen and willed his mouth to scream…and it did. It then dawned on him that it was not the creature holding him back, only himself. The realisation caused him to take a step and with simple inertia, he started running, the feeling was exhilaration, he would make it and be free of this night, just a few more seconds. The moment he was within five paces to the left of the creature, it let off a scream. The scream caused Metus to fall to his knees and images of all the fears of the unknown future flowed into him since he was a child, the time he could have told the teacher he needed to use the bathroom when he was six but instead held it till he wetted his shorts in the class, the time he could have asked his high school crush Serene out when he was fourteen but never had the courage…all the way to the time he could have joined the theatre of dance instead of his current job. It was all the unknown future now and whether out of embarrassment, social stigma or job stability, he could now admit to himself that even if he had failed at making those decisions, he would not have regretted them, for at least he had tried. He found tears’ streaking down his face but still clear as day was the path to freedom, not more than seven paces away. He started to move but then he staggered, doubt again filling his mind. “What if this was a trick? What if there were more creatures out there?” In that one moment of hesitation, the creature lashed out, its claws tearing into Metus’s chest in four long deep gouges, blood spilling in forceful droplets at an angle and again, he ran away from the entrance, seven paces away.

(6) An ending

He was not made of sterner stuff, both in body and mind. All the excuses he made over the years, telling himself why he did not make all those decisions that could have changed his life was in the end, all out of fear. When it came to the natural response of ‘fight or flight’ for a decision that really mattered, he now knew he only ever responded with one answer. That was the easy route of flight. Then if it did not turn out right, blame others for forcing the decision on him. This entire realisation came with a torrent of self-loathing, so much so he could not keep his tears from blurring his vision as he ran, the tears mixing with the blood flowing down his body. It was then he saw under a street lamp, the little book ‘Choices’. It was open to the end page and if it really had followed his story, maybe he could read it to find a way out. He ran with grim determination towards it. When he got closer, he saw a head come out of the bushes looking down at the book. It looked familiar and had flowing long hair and gratefully was all too human. It lifted and to his utter surprise, it was his high school crush, Serene! She too had grown since high school but she was still as radiant as ever, her smile the same inviting one that got him to keep going to school even though he had to endure endless verbal and physical bullying daily. The same smile attracting him forward like a mirage of water in a desert.

A mix of emotion filled him and he ran towards the friendly face he had not seen since high school and leaned in to tell her to get away from the creature behind him. It was then he saw the head was not connected to a body, its face kept in eternal smile along with its death. The clawed hands holding the head hidden by the hair loosened its grip and the head fell. What then, Metus saw shocked him even more than the decapitated head. It was his own smiling face, except this time it was connected to a body, the body of the creature that had tormented and chased him. Metus could take no more and at that moment suffered a heart attack and died. The creature then proceeded to feed on his now lifeless body, his blood spilling onto the last page of ‘Choices’, hitting the perfect spot for a full stop for the last line of the book, which read: “and Metus, which in Latin stands for fear, was consumed by fear.”

Written by Zhou Huibin (Finished on the 05/08/2013) All rights reserved.



Saturday, August 3, 2013

Level Up 10 : 'Elder Sign' Campaign Update and the Elder Gods Awaken rules!





In this episode of Level Up, I give an update on my Elder Sign campaign (Rules video linked below) and a small rule change when the Elder Gods awaken and all the investigators have been devoured. I also share stats and some story highlights from the campaign too. The stats for the first full campaign are :
-7 months,  
-26 Investigators (Unseen Forces Investigators and from Cultdemic (Pandemic) game added)
-29 Elder Gods defeated
-3 Times Elder God Awaken 
-11 straight adventure cards completed without failing with 1 investigator

Hope you enjoy it, try it too and tell me your stats from your campaigns. Till next word...

Elder Sign played as a campaign Video : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlX3yph88UQ

Pandemic/Cultdemic rules : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9PtcdFGpWM

The Simplicity of Logic's Youtube page : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7TkuWHt9PE

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Level Up 09 : Gloom Battles, a narrative/story based war game



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In this episode of Level Up, I explain a variant of the way I play Gloom to mix my love of wargames with narrative story telling. The result is using the Gloom engine but played  to tell the story of a battle with formations, although the objective is more to tell a story than to play a wargame. 

Hope you enjoy and  try it too. Till next word...

The Simplicity of Logic Youtube page : http://www.youtube.com/user/akaisamurai/videos

The Simplicity of Logic Blog page : http://simplicityoflogic.blogspot.sg/

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Level Up 08 : Go/Igo/Weiqi Basic Strategy for beginners

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In this episode of Level Up, I explain some basic strategies for the game of Go. This is meant for absolute beginners to help them along and understand the foundations of Go strategy. (1. Corners, 2. Balance of Attack and Defense, 3. Judging your opponents through a situation example)

Hope you enjoy and  try it too. Till next word...

Go Go Igo (How to play Go) : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CH8GulBSj-k
(The same channel also has the rest of the series which are Go problems to solve and would be more useful after some practical practice.)

The Simplicity of Logic Blog page : http://simplicityoflogic.blogspot.sg/

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Level Up 11 : Repainting old toys (Mighty Max) for Mansion of Madness or other Boardgames

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Links to Pics of my self painted Boardgame miniatures:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/88553068@N03/sets/72157632955065306/

This time in Singapore I explain how my brother found my old Mighty Max figures and I repainted them for the Boardgame, Mansion of Madness as cheap alternative figures. The theme and some back story of each miniature is also explained and one hopes you all will find new uses for those old toys from the 90's or before too.

Till next word...

Link to the video explaination for my fully painted Mansion of Madness set : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSNGLCT8BYI

Link to The Author's Youtube page : http://youtu.be/Um8uF17m7OI

Monday, July 8, 2013

Level Up 07 : Spartacus the Boardgame played as a Campaign

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In this episode of Level Up, I explain how I play a Spartacus the Boardgame as a campaign. I feel this variant of campaign play makes the game more thematic and adds to the negotiation factor of the game. I do hope this helps the game get played more often as it is a fun game I would like to see around more often. 

Hope you enjoy and  try it too. Till next word...

The link to my Flickr account and the people of my Gladiator miniatures and others painting projects : http://www.flickr.com/photos/88553068@N03/sets/72157632955065306/

The Simplicity of Logic Blog Youtube page : http://youtu.be/xj32UKoPrK4

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Friendship: The sincerity of the "Selfish" self


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Today's topic is on the idea that friendship is based on the idea of choosing a person as a friend that makes a difference in one's life and in essence through 'Selfish" means. This applies to both sides and thus a mutual benefit. The benefits being laid on the self to choose be it physical or mental. Thus, the virtue of sincerity, which one argues of friendship is based on the self and not like in most people's mind, the sincerity  of the other. 

This is a old topic that was written in the author's Blog 'The Simplicity of Logic' in 2011 (links provided below). 

Till next word...

The Simplicity of Logic Blog's written article on this subject written in 2011 : http://simplicityoflogic.blogspot.sg/2011/10/friends-sincerity-of-who.html

The Simplicty of Logic's Youtube Page: http://youtu.be/3ELKvR4sm2c

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Level Up 06 : 'A Game Of Thrones' Boardgame played as a 2 player or Campaign

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In this episode of Level Up, I explain how I play a Game OF Thrones Boardgame as a 2 player game or as a campaign. This variant makes the game shorter than the full game and needs less players. I do hope this helps the game get played more often as it is a fun game I would like to see around more often. 

Hope you enjoy and  try it too. Till next word...

The Simplicity of Logic's Youtube page : http://youtu.be/1FUGjuF8V54

Monday, June 17, 2013

Review as Read : 'Time of Legends :The Legend of Sigmar'

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In this review, I give my views on the compilation of the first 3 books of the Legend of Sigmar: Heldenhammer, Empire and God King.  The review is as follows, the summary, positive, flaws and a bonus at the end that would add greatly to the reading of the Legend of Sigmar.

Till next word...

The Simplicity of Logic's Youtube page : http://youtu.be/O4xrbooSrc8 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Level Up 05 : 3 Useful Phone Apps for Boardgames

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In this episode of Level Up, I show 3 apps I used regularly during my Boardgame sessions to prevent having to bring as many pieces that might otherwise end up lost during play. (You can find the apps by typing in the titles given below in the Iphone App store search.)

1. SpaceClock by Conor O'Kane Games
2. Scorekeeper XL by Matt Rix
3. Scorekeeper - Keep safe your scores by Marco Avizzano

Hope you enjoy and  try it too. Till next word...

The Simplicity of Logic Youtube page : http://youtu.be/3V4eoWQaRlo

Drive Thru Review : http://www.youtube.com/user/e3kmouse

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Level Up 04 : 'The Adventurers : The Temple of Chac' played as a expansion for most other Boardgames

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In this episode of Level Up, I explain how I play The Temple of Chac as a add on for other Boardgames rather than just a stand alone game per session. This method can be used with almost any game to provide more 'lives' or 'cash' in games, especially for campaign settings.

Hope you enjoy and  try it too. Till next word...

My explanation for my themed fully painted Temple of Chac set : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtM3aMiUtN4&feature=youtu.be

The Simplicity of Logic Youtube page : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y63B0de2pmc&feature=youtu.be

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Level Up Does : The Adventurers: The Temple of Chac Boardgame fully painted miniatures set theme

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Links to Pics of the Temple of Chac miniatures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/88553068@N03/sets/72157632955065306/
This time the Author in Singapore explains the theme to his self painted Mansion of Madness set. There are also descriptions as  to why certain miniatures are painted in a certain way and the techniques I used to paint some of the miniatures.

Till next word...

Link to the explaination for my fully painted Mansion of Madness set : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSNGLCT8BYI

Link to The Author's Youtube page : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtM3aMiUtN4&feature=youtu.be

Friday, May 24, 2013

You can't have your cake and eat it - Socratic Logic and Consistency


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Today's post explains how I apply Socratic Logic to everyday questions and that one has to be consistent in their philosophies and not flip flop their core Beliefs/Morality using specific situations as an excuse to do otherwise. 

Till next word...

Peter Singer's TED talk on effective altruism :   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Diuv3XZQXyc

The Simplicity of Logic's Youtube page : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rT5aCB1kEaM

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Level Up 03 :'Pandemic' to 'Cultdemic'/theme changes or adding to 'Elder Sign' campaign


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In this episode of Level Up, I explain how I add to the already great theme of Pandemic by adding it to my 'Elder Sign' campaign (links below) or as to the game itself with miniatures and different themes. Theme changes include Warhammer Fantasy and the times of Sigmar are also explored.

Hope you enjoy it and  try it too. Till next word...

Level Up: 'Elder Sign' video : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlX3yph88UQ

Level Up 02: 'Mansion of Madness video : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6YJVdr4kl8

My explanation for my themed fully painted Mansion of Madness set : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSNGLCT8BYI

The Author's Youtube page : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9PtcdFGpWM

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Level Up 02 : 'Mansion of Madness' played as a campaign or with 'Elder Sign'


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In this episode of Level Up, I explain how I play Mansion of Madness as a campaign rather than just a stand alone game per session. You can also add this method of play to the Elder Sign campaign of which I have linked below to make both games even more themed and harder.

I feel this method of adding story and 'real' death to the game really adds to the Lovecraft like lore and gets people really attached to their own named characters continuing over several campaigns.

Hope you enjoy it and  try it too. Till next word...

Level Up: 'Elder Sign' video : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlX3yph88UQ 

My explanation for my themed fully painted Mansion of Madness set : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSNGLCT8BYI

The Author's YouTube page : http://youtu.be/j6YJVdr4kl8

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Level Up : 'Elder Sign' played as a campaign



(Click on the Picture above for the linked Video explained below) 

In this episode of Level Up, I explain how I play Elder Sign as a campaign rather than just a stand alone game per session. I feel this method of adding story and 'real' death to the game really adds to the Lovecraft like lore and gets people really attached to their own named characters continuing over several campaigns.

Hope you enjoy it and  try it too. Till next word...

The Author's Youtube Page : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlX3yph88UQ

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Level Up Does : Malifaux, Izamu the Armour renamed (Kan Yu)


This time the Author in Singapore explains the reasons to the colour theme and modelling details for his finished miniature for the skirmish miniature wargame, Malifaux. (Links to pics by clicking the pic below)

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Till next word...

Links to Pics of the miniature :
http://www.flickr.com/photos/88553068@N03/sets/72157633202555932/

Link to the Guan Yu pic: http://www.sap2000.org/images/GuanYu.jpg

Link to The Author's Youtube page : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqVbDxsrYDY

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Level Up Does : Mansion of Madness Boardgame fully painted colour and models set theme


This time the Author in Singapore explains the theme (Hastur) to his fully self painted Mansion of Madness set. There are also descriptions to why certain miniatures are painted in a certain way and the techniques I used to paint some of the miniatures.

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Till next word...


Links to Pics of the Mansion of Madness miniatures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/88553068@N03/sets/72157632955065306/


Link to The Author's Youtube Video : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSNGLCT8BYI&feature=youtu.be

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Level Up Does: Malifaux Crew Colour and Modelling details theme


This time the Author explains the reasons to the colour theme and modelling details for his new Yan Lo crew for the skirmish miniature wargame, Malifaux. (Link to the Video by clicking on the picture below)

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Till next word...

Links to Pics of the crew : http://www.flickr.com/photos/88553068@N03/

Link to The Author's YouTube Channel : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phh1G2Umx2w